Max Haymer was born and raised in Los Angeles. He began his classical piano studies at the age of seven and was introduced to jazz piano at the age of 14.
He studied with the great LA based pianist Tamir Hendelman through high school and went on to continue his music education at UC Irvine, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors and a Bachelor of Music degree in 2007. At Irvine, Haymer studied Jazz Performance with Kei Akagi, Darek Oles, Bobby Rodriguez, and the late Sherman Ferguson. During that time, he also studied Musical Theater Direction with Dr. Gary Busby.
Haymer has won 2nd prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville Florida, and was a finalist in the Horace Silver Piano Competition and UWF Phillips Jazz Piano Competition and UWF Phillips Jazz Piano Competition. He was also named a Rising Star by the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
In 2006, Haymer debuted with his trio at the world famous Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. Since then he has returned there regularly, as well as other numerous Southern California venues including the bluewhale, Vitello's, Jazz Bakery, and Vibrato.
In 2008, Haymer released his debut album, Pickpocket Witness. The album is comprised entirely of Haymer's original compositions.
Haymer has had the pleasure of performing and recording with many amazing artists, including Arturo Sandoval, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mike Stern, Denise Donatelli. Greg Hutchinson, Bill Holman, Crystal Bowersox, Mike Clark, Bob Francheschini, Cindy Blackman, Joel Frahm, John Ellis, Andy Galore, Ernie Andrews, Justo Almario, Andrew Heringer, Brian Swartz, Munyungo Jackson, Bobby Rodriguez, Mike Cottone, Katisse Buckingham, Hamilton Price, Dan Schnelle, Chris Norton, and Barbara Morrison.
Haymer resided in New York City from, 2008-2012, where he has headlined at many NYC venues including Smalls, 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, Puppets, and the Metropolitan Room and also served as Musical Director for the Music Theatre of Connecticut.
Haymer returned to LA in the summer of 2012, picking up where he left off, playing around at numerous venues such as Disney Hall, Blue Whale, Upstairs at Vitello's, Vibrato, The Lighthouse, and Baked Potato. Haymer has also turned focus to composition and production as well. Haymer worked as Score Coordinator for the new documentary "CUBAmerican." During this process, he was mentored by composer Carlos Alvarez.
Haymer went into the studio in the summer of 2016, to record Hi-Def video with his trio. Some of these videos can be seen on this site!
Haymer is touring and performing with Grammy Award Winner and trumpet legend, Arturo Sandoval, playing at such places as the Newport Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, and Disney Hall. You can currently catch Haymer on the road with Sandoval, where they are playing around the world.